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    Winter MTB Saturday morning?

    Alright guys, who wants in? I'm thinking let's meet at the Pelham Road entrace to Shorthills at 9am for a ride through there. It should be well packed down because of the hikers and horse people.

    No crazy speeds, just a fun bit of winter riding. They're calling for -1 and sunny in the morning.

    Who's in? I would be open to other locations too.

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    dam............power to you guys for wanting to ride in this ice box!

    I will stick to spinning.............I know I know........I am a whimp!............lol
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    I want to ride. Have not been on a bike in a few weeks. I did not haul any of my bike stuff home for the break, but my dad will probably let me borrow his Sugar.

    I will post later today to confirm, but i should be able to join you.

    Most rides people have been doing have been at night, which does not work for me, since i don't have any lights.
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    Sounds like fun. Same as Ryan, I haven't been on the bike for a few weeks, and can't do night rides due to lack of lights. Also I've never done any trail rides in the winter.
    I might have to swap on flat pedals since it might be a bit chilly with my biking shoes. The Hei Hei won't be making an appearance yet, probably just ride my hardtail or 'cross bike.

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    Count me in for this, the mountain bikes have been hanging far too long and need some action. I could stand to meet some new people also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedfoto
    I might have to swap on flat pedals since it might be a bit chilly with my biking shoes.
    When riding clipless in cold weather my feet are always the first thing to get cold, even with neoprene booties.

    And btw, frozen trails can be very choppy - lots of vibrations. I prefer a fs bike with very low tire pressure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    And btw, frozen trails can be very choppy - lots of vibrations. I prefer a fs bike with very low tire pressure.
    You just want to check out the shiny new ride
    Besides, it has Maxxis Crossmark tires mounted, which would very suck in the snow.

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    I'm in for sure - just have to make sure I have a way out to the trailhead, but I should have
    access to a car. As for location, starting at Shorhills sounds good to me, but maybe we can cross the road at 1st St into the 12 mile system and do the singletrack at that end while avoiding the rutted/icy doubletrack at the downtown end. If people are up for that much riding it's a great loop.

    Are you sure about the weather though? Rain is expected saturday with the temp rising above freezing... sounds like a recipe for mud. Maybe we'll be out early enough at 9 to beat the weather.

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    Showers/flurries are supposed to be until the afternoon. With a low of -5 tonite, I think it's safe to say the air temperature should remain below 0 till atleast 11am. The open areas might soften up with sunshine before then, but the forested area's should stay nice and hard till after 11.

    My guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedfoto
    You just want to check out the shiny new ride
    Besides, it has Maxxis Crossmark tires mounted, which would very suck in the snow.
    They're not as bad as you think... at least on the crunchy stuff back in November when I was on Crossmarks. The hard/icy snow we have now might call for something a bit more sturdy.

    I'd like to see that shiny new ride too - that's a great looking model from Kona for sure

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    Saturday

    JMoote...where do you live? If you need a ride and it's the difference between riding or not, I'd be willing to pick you up.

    As for where we're riding to, I'm cool with crossing the road. We'll just play it by ear.

    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    They're not as bad as you think... at least on the crunchy stuff back in November when I was on Crossmarks.
    I'd imagine most tires would work very well in those conditions. I was running a Python and Jones XR, both tires without a ton of tread, but they performed well in packed down snow.

    I have no idea what to expect tomorrow, but daddy's Sugar has Mythos XC, which I'm sure should be as good as anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddakin
    JMoote...where do you live? If you need a ride and it's the difference between riding or not, I'd be willing to pick you up.

    As for where we're riding to, I'm cool with crossing the road. We'll just play it by ear.

    Dan
    I'm in Niagara Falls (nearest major intersection is Dorchester & Thorold Stone). It should be no problem though...

    btw, I got in touch with Arnold about my gloves - Thanks for directing me to his post on the SCCC board

    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I'd imagine most tires would work very well in those conditions. I was running a Python and Jones XR, both tires without a ton of tread, but they performed well in packed down snow.

    I have no idea what to expect tomorrow, but daddy's Sugar has Mythos XC, which I'm sure should be as good as anything.
    You're right, just about any tires are good in nice snow... last nights ride indicates that you'll want as much grip as possible. The Mythos XC will be nice. I'm running Conti Mountain King 2.4/2.2 and it was working well.
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    I'd just like to confirm that i fully plan to attend this ride. Dad gave me the green light to help myself to his bike and gear, and Mom says I can use the car.

    See you at 9:00, at the Pelham road entrance.
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    I'm in for sure too. I'll check this board tonight to see if anyone needs a lift.

    Cheers Dan

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    Yes, I am confirmed as well. I don't need a ride Dan, but thanks for the offer

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    I'm confirming as well.
    So should I bring the hardtail or full-sus. The thing is, if I break my new bike, I might cry.

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    A small favour

    Could somebody please bring a shock pump? Mine is in Ancaster. I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks.
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    Sure, I'll bring mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedfoto
    Sure, I'll bring mine.
    Thanks!
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    What are the conditions at ravenshoe now? anyone know?

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    It looks like we have a good group. I'm looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow.

    Quote Originally Posted by zedfoto
    I'm confirming as well.
    So should I bring the hardtail or full-sus. The thing is, if I break my new bike, I might cry.
    My take is that you're going to go down with it eventually. I would hate to see anything happen, but you bought it to ride it If you're actually worried though, bring the other bike as I found I was not riding cleanly last night, and I'm usually a very smooth rider.

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    Sat morning ride

    Hey guys,

    Just a heads up for ya.
    There's also a ride going out from the landfill parking lot by the brock Tim Hortons @ 10am. There may be a 1/2 dozen riders in that group. And I imagine they will be doing the trails in the opposit direction of the Squeezer.

    Just keep your eyes peeled around the blind corners.

    I probably won't be out tomorrow. As I am going out tonight. Giving a 3hr tour of our trails to fellow mtbr poster "nogearshere".
    Hope ya'll have a great ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGyver29er
    Hey guys,

    Just a heads up for ya.
    There's also a ride going out from the landfill parking lot by the brock Tim Hortons @ 10am. There may be a 1/2 dozen riders in that group. And I imagine they will be doing the trails in the opposit direction of the Squeezer.

    Just keep your eyes peeled around the blind corners.

    I probably won't be out tomorrow. As I am going out tonight. Giving a 3hr tour of our trails to fellow mtbr poster "nogearshere".
    Hope ya'll have a great ride.
    Thanks for the heads up on the other group.

    Be careful on the ice, especially if you're doing the doubletrack around the north end of 12 mile creek. The singletrack is great right now.

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    Personally, I'll be riding my old-skool Raleigh hardtail. It has virtually no suspension, crappy shifting and poor handling. But with studded tires worth morth than the bike itself, it's a load of fun in the winter

    Dan

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    Just rode a few parts of the Don Valley and it wasn't too bad.

    The snow is packed down and a little bit wet so traction wasn't too much of a problem and it wasn't too bumpy either.

    Enjoy it while you can before it gets too "warm and wet"!

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    That was a ton of fun, and the conditions were great. I've never ridden on the trails in the winter and that was definitely an experience. We must do that again some time
    Nice to meet the two Jeff's, and good to see Ryan and Dan again.

    Here are the couple of pictures I took with my crappy camera...and Dan should be posting more.








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    Winter fun!

    Yeah defintiely a good time. Here are a couple of photos, but the rest of the gallery is at:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...1&id=877250356

    Thanks again to everyone that came out. Nice meeting some new faces.

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    Thanks for posting the pics guys. I had a great time today, and really enjoyed meeting and riding with all of you. Anytime you're up for a ride (and the conditions are good) just let me know. In warmer conditions when the trails might be sloppy we can always head out on 'cross bikes for a road/path ride.

    Conditions were great, though the subsequent section of trail (12 mile creek) that Ryan and I continued on to do was a bit muddy in spots in part due to the weather warming up. I'll cross-post or link to a ride report on my blog when (/if) I write one.

    Cheers

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    Great pictures guys!

    I definitely had a good time. Awesome day for a ride.

    The trails are turning to slop as i write this though. I'm glad we had the opportunity to get out there today.
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    I love the Short Hills during the summer, but I have never rode them in the winter.
    From the smiling faces, it looks like fun was had by all.
    Great job guys.

    Now if someone could do a "left to right" on the group photo, we could put a face with a name. We all know who rkj is....so you can skip him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1440Brad
    I love the Short Hills during the summer, but I have never rode them in the winter.
    From the smiling faces, it looks like fun was had by all.
    Great job guys.

    Now if someone could do a "left to right" on the group photo, we could put a face with a name. We all know who rkj is....so you can skip him.
    Left to right of group photo:

    ddakin, jmoote, CptSydor, rkj__, zedfoto.
    (Dan), (Jeff), (Jeff), (Ryan), (Rob).
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    Great ride guys, it was nice to meet some new people on some great trails. The hikers did a wonderful job laying the ground work. Now if only the conditions would stay that way.

    Jeff

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    Rob/Dan, you should post the pics over in the Winter Riding thread in the Passion forum: Post your Winter Riding Photos!
    Last edited by jmoote; 01-07-2008 at 08:25 PM.

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    Sure, thanks for the link....I'll just post a photo and a link to the thread though, since I'm far too lazy to try to hyperlink all the images

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedfoto
    Sure, thanks for the link....I'll just post a photo and a link to the thread though, since I'm far too lazy to try to hyperlink all the images
    Precisely the reason I didn't just do it myself

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    You guys totally had a great day for a ride - this weather now is just B A D

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    Damn....

    I missed what looked like a good ride. If I hadnt already committed my services to helping someone move I would have been there. You know, sometimes owning a truck really really sucks.....

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    The weather forecast this week is looking like the trails will be frozen Saturday and covered with a light dusting of snow. Temp around 4*

    Who's in for this Saturday or Sunday (19/20 Jan)? Meet at shorthills, we'll ride the outer loop and if you'd like we can also continue and do 12 mile creek. It will be a little colder than last time, so we'll have to keep moving to stay warm
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    It looks like it's going to be very windy, but sheltered in the Short Hills it shouldn't be so bad. I have a feeling that it is still going to be muddy in there though. But if it is frozen then I am in. I may even bring the Hei Hei for it's maiden voyage. Saturday looks like a better day than Sunday, weatherwise.

    I can't stand the flat pedals, so I may use your method of plastic bags and warm socks.

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    I'm fairly confident things will be frozen, as temps are staying just below zero at the highest for the next few days. The more snow we have, the better the conditions will be. The forecast has changed a bit since my post, with Saturday now around -1* and Sunday at -8*

    Saturday morning sounds good - I look forward to seeing the Hei Hei in action

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    Temperatures are holding below freezing and getting colder as I type. It looks like Rob and I at least will be riding - please post if you'd like to join. Last time there was 5 and it was a blast, though I know some can't make it this time.

    I'm going to say Saturday, 0945 at the Pelham Rd parking lot for Shorthills?

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    Sorry guys. I'd love to join you again, but I scheduled myself for some other activities early Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor
    Sorry guys. I'd love to join you again, but I scheduled myself for some other activities early Saturday.
    If you are interested in a ride in the Hamilton area any time this weekend, let me know. I hope to get the bike outside this weekend.
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    I haven't decided if I'm in for Saturday or not yet. I'm thinking I might do the St. Catharines CC road ride though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddakin
    I haven't decided if I'm in for Saturday or not yet. I'm thinking I might do the St. Catharines CC road ride though.
    hmm, yes... I'm going to be joining as soon as the 2008 membership forms are up, which I'm told is next week sometime.

    What about Sunday, if you do the SCCC ride on Saturday? I'm not doing anything all weekend and it didn't sound like Rob was either.

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    The thing with Sunday is that it is going to be very cold and windy (-8C and 35kph winds). I am looking outside and there is a lot of running water in the low areas; I really do want to go riding, but unless we get some snow accumulation, I still think it's going to be mucky.

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    My Lake winter boots just got here, and they look like they'll work great

    Temps have been below zero all day and are dropping... I know it was warm yesterday, but I'm pretty sure the ground will be frozen in the morning. Leave the Hei Hei home to stay clean if you like, but I think the riding will be good
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    My Lake winter boots just got here, and they look like they'll work great
    Yeah well to you and your warm feet.

    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    Leave the Hei Hei home to stay clean if you like, but I think the riding will be good.
    I'll bring the Hei Hei out, since I've had it for almost a month and it's only been outside once (carrying it from the shop to my car), and I want to try this full suspension thing.
    I don't mind a little dirt, it's the thick mud that I don't want to have to clean off; but I suppose we won't be riding where it's really mucky. The temperature is supposed to drop over the day, so a morning ride will be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedfoto
    Yeah well to you and your warm feet.



    I'll bring the Hei Hei out, since I've had it for almost a month and it's only been outside once (carrying it from the shop to my car), and I want to try this full suspension thing.
    I don't mind a little dirt, it's the thick mud that I don't want to have to clean off; but I suppose we won't be riding where it's really mucky. The temperature is supposed to drop over the day, so a morning ride will be good.
    I went for a short ride at Iriquois heights today, and the trails were almost completely frozen solid. There were a few slick spots, but that is because the sun was out all day. Another spot was wet, because it was in an open area (got sun) and the drainage sucks bad. Other than that one spot, it was great riding.

    Be sure to bundle up! It is cold out there.
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